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WSL Updates for July 20, 2017

Volume 13, July 20, 2017 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) IMLS BUDGET VICTORY

2) TWO NEW RURAL HERITAGE COLLECTIONS

3) CENTER FOR THE BOOK

4) MEASURES THAT MATTER PART 3

5) GRANTS – RECORDINGS AT RISK

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) IMLS BUDGET VICTORY

In Congress, a key House committee has voted to recommend a proposed federal budget in which the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is funded at the same level as in the prior year’s budget. In a press release, Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman, who oversees the Washington State Library and nationally recognized Washington Talking Book and Braille Library, says she’s thrilled by the news.

“IMLS is the backbone of library systems all across the country . . . ,” Wyman said. “Thankfully, through the efforts of all the members of our state’s congressional delegation, particularly Rep. Jamie Herrera Beutler, who serves on the House Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services Subcommittee, the proposal recommended late last week by the committee included level funding for both IMLS and the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).” Read the full press release via this shortcut: sos.wa.gov/q/budgetnews.

Commenting on the news, Cindy Aden, Washington State Librarian, noted that “Now we just need to wait until we see the final budget pass—whether that occurs on time early this fall or via a Continuing Resolution next spring. That is when we are certain IMLS is funded for 2018.” Aden thanked everyone who contacted their Representatives, saying “I know it makes a difference for them to hear from us.” Her thanks are echoed by everyone at the State Library.

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2) TWO NEW RURAL HERITAGE COLLECTIONS

The Washington Rural Heritage program recently went live with two new digital collections:

The Goldendale Community Library (Fort Vancouver Regional Library District) is nearing completion of The Klickitat County Heritage Collection documenting the history of communities throughout Klickitat County. Highlights from the collection include photographs of the landscape near Celilo Falls, rugged views of the Klickitat River and Simcoe Mountains, and early photos of town life in Goldendale and outlying communities such as Bickleton, Alderdale, Lyle, Glenwood, and Trout Lake. These photographs are from the collection of the Presby Museum, Klickitat County Historical Society. Throughout 2017-2018, the Goldendale Public Library will also be adding photos from its own local history archives, patrons’ family collections, and other small museums throughout the county. View the collection at sos.wa.gov/q/klickitat.

The Neill Public Library in Pullman, Washington, has created a digital archive of its large local history special collection—the Palouse Heritage Collection. The initial offering focuses on photographs depicting the devastating 1910 flood of the South Fork Palouse River. Early images of Washington State College (WSU) and Lewiston Round-up photos are also on display. View the collection at sos.wa.gov/q/palouse.

Both projects are supported with Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funding provided by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Washington State Library. For more information, contact Evan Robb, Digital Repository Librarian, at (360) 704-5228 or evan.robb@sos.wa.gov.

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3) CENTER FOR THE BOOK

The Washington State Library has joined forces with The Seattle Public Library to lead the work of the Washington Center for the Book. The Seattle Public Library was designated as the home for the Washington Center for the Book by the U.S. Library of Congress in 1989. There is a Center for the Book in all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The mission of the Washington Center for the Book is to promote Washington’s literary heritage and the importance of books, reading, literacy, and libraries. In addition to creating and calling attention to programs that highlight Washington’s robust literary heritage, future goals include offering unifying literary activities and promotions across our state.

For more details about this new partnership, including quotes from both library directors, visit sos.wa.gov/q/center.

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4) MEASURES THAT MATTER PART 3

Circulation, visits, program attendance, patron satisfaction … these are some of the many measures commonly collected by public librarians. But how well do we understand what measures tell the most meaningful stories of today’s libraries? The first two webinars in this series discussed the current state of the public library data landscape – what data collection efforts exist at the national level and how they impact what we know about libraries and their patrons. The third webinar, “Measures that Matter Part Three: Moving Toward More Meaningful Measures,” will look toward the future, considering what data public librarians should collect to demonstrate their impact. Speakers from both within and outside of the library field will provide multiple perspectives on meaningful measures.

This webinar is the third in a three-part series about the Measures that Matter initiative from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies, a field-wide discussion of the current state of public library data. Details:

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5) GRANTS – RECORDINGS AT RISK

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is accepting applications for the second call of the Recordings at Risk program, a national re-granting program administered by CLIR to support the preservation of rare and unique recordings of high scholarly value in the United States. Generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation the program will award a total of $2.15 million in three open competitions in 2017-2018. (Two other calls for applications will be available. Deadline dates are February and June 2018.) Award amounts: $10,000 to $50,000.

Eligible materials:

  • Audio: open-reel audio tape, compact cassette, shellac/vinyl/lacquer disc, wax cylinder, wire recording, microcassette, digital audio tape (DAT), compact disc, MiniDisc
  • Video: VHS, U-Matic, 8mm, Betamax, Betacam, Digital8, DV, MiniDV
  • Film: 8mm, 16mm, 35mm, Super 8

The current application deadline is July 31, 2017. Learn more: www.nedcc.org/newsletters/clir-rar2.

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6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

Monday, July 24

Tuesday, July 25

Wednesday, July 26

Thursday, July 27

Friday, July 28

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